As the football loving community worldwide standstill to mourn the death of Cheick Tiote of Ivory Coast who died of cardiac arrest in China on Monday. TheInfoNG did a list of association footballers who died while playing a game, died directly from injuries sustained while playing, or died after being taken ill on the pitch. Following an increase in deaths, both during matches and training, FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations) considered mandatory cardiac testing, already in place for years in some countries, such as Italy.
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By 2009, FIFA player PCMA (Pre-Competition Medical Assessment) included family history, heart rhythm, sounds, and ECG (electrocardiogram) results. UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) required extensive medical tests, including ECG (electrocardiogram) and echo (echocardiogram) for players in the Europa League 2011–12. Constant monitoring has been advised.
Below is a list of African soccer stars who died from the dreaded cardiac arrest.
1. Samuel Okwaraji (Age 24) (Nigeria)
Collapsed and died while playing against Angola in a World Cup Qualifier. An autopsy showed that the 24-year-old had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure.
2. Amir Angwe (Age ) (Nigeria)
Collapsed and died on the pitch playing for Julius Berger F.C. of a heart attack